A computational study on the mechanical properties of Pentahexoctite single-layer: Combining DFT and classical molecular dynamics simulations
WHS Brandao and AL Aguiar and LA Ribeiro and DS Galvao and JM De Sousa, CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 563, 111686 (2022).
Studies aimed at designing new allotropic forms of carbon have received much attention. Recently, a new 2D graphene-like allotrope named Pentahexoctite was theoretically proposed. Pentahexoctite has a metallic signature, and its structure consists of continuous 5-6-8 rings of carbon atoms with sp(2) hybridization. Here, we carried out fully- atomistic computational simulations, combining reactive (ReaxFF) molecular dynamics (MD) and density functional theory (DFT) methods, to study the elastic properties and fracture patterns of Pentahexoctite monolayer. Results revealed a Young's Modulus of 0.74 TPa, smaller than the graphene one (about 1.0 TPa). The Pentahexoctite monolayer, when subjected to a critical strain, goes directly from elastic to completely fractured regimes. This process occurs with no plasticity stages between these two regimes. Importantly, graphene presents a similar fracture process. The elastic properties calculated with both DFT and MD are in good agreement.
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